Press Release

Fantastic Holdings Ltd Attributes Continual Growth to Investment in Manhattan Associates Supply Chain Technology

Fantastic Holdings Ltd enjoys strong growth across its verticals after implementing Manhattan SCALE™

SYDNEY and ATLANTA, August 20, 2012

Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH) has announced that Fantastic Holdings Ltd (FHL), one of Australia’s leading furniture manufacturers and retailers, has successfully implemented the Manhattan SCALE™ (Supply Chain Architected for Logistics Execution) product suite at its main 360,000 square foot purpose built distribution center (DC) at Fairfield, NSW, its 330,000 square foot facility in Clayton, Victoria as well as its newer 60,000 square foot DC in Perth.

FHL made the decision to deploy Manhattan SCALE because of the need to streamline its warehouse processes and optimize supply chain performance across all of the company’s business operations. With five retail brands, two local manufacturing facilities and a significant offshore procurement function, FHL was operating a number of disparate IT systems that could not support the company’s distribution management needs effectively. In addition, FHLs’ incumbent Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) lacked the required functionality and flexibility to support its multiple brands and multiple DCs so the company decided it would introduce a centrally hosted solution that could be rolled out across each of the company’s five brands.

“FHL has continued to undergo consistent growth across its entire retail portfolio, despite the current soft state of the retail market,” commented Craig Holland, COO Supply Chain at Fantastic Holdings Limited. “FHL prides itself on delivering the highest level of customer service, and a core feature of this includes ensuring maximum product availability at all times. As Australia’s largest vertically integrated furniture retailer, with over 125 stores across five brands, we recognized that investing in an end-to-end supply chain solution would be critical to our ongoing success.”

Following a competitive selection process, FHL opted for Manhattan SCALE because of its flexibility and unrivalled range of warehouse management and optimization capabilities. Manhattan SCALE also enabled FHL to integrate seamlessly with the company’s other IT systems including its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and in-store Point of Sale (POS) systems. In addition, the solution offered the degree of scalability required to support a number of proposed new business processes that FHL planned to introduce across its multiple distribution centers.

“Having already delivered innumerable benefits across every facet of the company’s distribution operations, we are extremely satisfied with the Manhattan SCALE solution,” continued Holland. “Not only has it helped improve workflows, order accuracy and on-time delivery, the solution has also provided better inventory control and an increased level of visibility throughout the entire supply chain. These benefits have enabled FHL to continue delivering enhanced levels of customer satisfaction and helped us drive strong revenue growth.”

Commenting on the announcement, Raghav Sibal, managing director Australia and New Zealand at Manhattan Associates, said, “We are delighted that FHL is reaping the rewards of its investment in Manhattan SCALE. It is important for retailers to have a seamless, efficient supply chain to ensure the right products get to the right place, at the right time, in a cost effective way. Manhattan has a wealth of experience in providing supply chain solutions to leading retailers in Australia and throughout the world. By helping optimize a company’s entire supply chain, Manhattan solutions enable companies to make significant cost savings and productivity improvements across their distribution operations at the same time as enhancing service levels for the end customer. Manhattan is very pleased to have been identified by FHL as a key contributor to its continued success.”

About Manhattan SCALE™
Manhattan SCALE™: Supply Chain Architected for Logistics Execution solution is a portfolio of distribution and transportation management solutions built on the Microsoft .NET development platform and the Microsoft Windows Server® and Microsoft SQL Server® family of products. It has been developed for fast growing organizations looking for a high performing, affordable, and low-risk supply chain solution.

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About Fantastic Holdings Ltd

Fantastic Holdings Limited (FHL) is a leading Australian furniture retailer and manufacturer. FHL operates over 125 stores across five furniture retail chains including, national retailers Fantastic Furniture, Plush and Dare Gallery as well as Le Cornu in South Australia and the Northern Territory and the Original Mattress Factory in NSW. FHL is also Australia's largest sofa manufacturer, has one of the country's leading mattress manufacturers (RCB) and operates a national supply chain to service all FHL's retail brands.

About Manhattan Associates, Inc.

Manhattan Associates continues to deliver on its 22-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization core to their strategic market leadership. The company's supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE®, a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organizations optimize their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan SCALE™, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft .NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier™, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry. 

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